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On sale

23rd May 2019

Price: £9.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751577051

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I love Anna’s writing, and I adore stories of adventuring women’ Dolly Alderton

‘Humorous, emotional and useful’ Grazia

‘A beautiful memoir’ Dawn O’Porter

‘Warm, witty and gorgeously written’ The Pool

‘Even armchair travellers will get a vicarious thrill from Departures Red


A call-to-action for adventurers everywhere, Departures is about the power of travel to transform us, heal us, challenge us and turn us into everyday adventure-seekers even after we return to the grind back home.

Have you ever turned up on a post-heartbreak holiday hopelessly unprepared and been forced to sleep on the floor wrapped up in a curtain?

How about that eagerly-awaited solo adventure when you had to be airlifted home?

Or what about the time you went to a fascinating European cultural capital and neglected to visit any of the world-renowned sights because you were in the bar?

Well, Anna Hart has been on all those holidays, and more. As an avid traveller and then travel journalist, she’s spent most of her working life on a plane somewhere, and over 10 years writing about the places she’s ended up. In Departures she brings all of that knowledge together with the signature warmth and wit of her journalism. Anna is here to show that even the experts get it wrong, and how to get it right . . .


What readers are saying about Departures:

I couldn’t put this book down. It was frank, funny and thought-provoking’

‘A glorious big sister of a book’

Anna makes you remember your own past adventures at the same time as inspiring new ones’

‘This book was an amazing companion on my first solo trip abroad’

‘A fascinating and illuminating read, especially for someone who hasn’t travelled as much as they would have liked, but is full of wonder for all the places the world has to offer’

‘I bought the audio version and ended up listening to Departures . . . 3 TIMES!


We defy anyone to read intrepid journalist Anna Hart's travel memoir and not resolve to dust off their passport and embark on some new adventures. A call to action for women everywhere, Hart writes about the transformative and healing power of travel - and how its effect can last way past touchdown at Heathrow
Just in time for the summer holidays is this great book from travel writer Anna Hart, which is part memoir, part how-to guide on making any holiday an adventure and having the same adventures back home. From Bali to LA, New Zealand to er, Margate, even armchair travellers will get a vicarious thrill from Departures
Jamie Klingler, iNews
Having worked with and been friends with Anna for years, it was fun to read about her globe-trotting adventures. I could hear her laugh behind the tales of some of her crazier adventures and thought it was brave to share some of the scarier and rougher parts of traveling alone as well as an insight in to trying to do it all in the grips of depression. I read it in one day and look forward to experiencing the next chapter with her.
Dawn O'Porter, Sunday Telegraph
A beautiful memoir about travel and letting go
The Pool
[Anna's] stories of growing up via far-flung adventures and eye-opening city breaks are so warm, witty and gorgeously written that it's hard not to find yourself on Skyscanner within half an hour of cracking the book open. Plus she has the most helpful advice, from how to 'prescribe' yourself a hotel to the real secret to beating jet lag. Perfect snow-week escapism